8 Outdoors- Other to explore in Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire is one of the home counties in southern England. The county covers an area of 634 square miles. The county derives its name from a hart and a ford, used as the components of the county's coat of arms and of the flag. Hertfordshire County Council is based in Hertford, once the main market town.
Aldenham Country Park is a 175-acre farm, parkland and woodland, adjacent to a 65-acre reservoir. Visit 100 acres of beautiful countryside, only 12 miles from central London. Enjoy the scenery, walks, explore the farm and 100 Aker Wood, home of Pooh Bear and friends. The park supports walking, fishing and sailing activities, has playgrounds, Special Needs Centre and a Disney-backed Winnie-the-Pooh theme area.
The woods are part of a wider, very large area of Sessile Oak and Hornbeam woodland at the northern most part of its natural range. Both woods contain protected Sites of Special Scientific Interest, one area in Broxbourne Wood undergoing significant restoration to a more open landscape with grazing animals.
3.5 mile traffic-free route through lakes and fields, linking Rickmansworth and Watford; follows the route of an old railway line. Path shared with walkers and cyclists. Ideal for family cycling. Cycling is permitted along the whole length but horse-riders are restricted to the eastern section between Moor Lane Crossing and Rickmansworth.
Frithsden Vineyard is a boutique English vineyard and winery set in the foothills of the Chilterns. It is situated a few miles north of Berkhamsted, near the beautiful Ashridge Estate. The vineyard runs a terrace cafe from March to mid-November, Weds-Sun 11am - 5 pm. You can also book tours and tastings and from June-August the vineyard has special evenings where you can have a short tour, tasting, and then enjoy a meal.
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority comprises of 10,000 acre park with its huge variety of award winning green spaces, world class sports venues and ecologically vital wildlife havens. The park was created by a unique Act of Parliament as a “green lung” for London. Now over 50 years on, the Authority has world class sporting venues, award winning green spaces and habitats in its portfolio.
Oughtonhead Common is a Local Nature Reserve with a wide variety of wildlife habitats. The River Oughton flows alongside the common. Park seats are installed at various locations by the riverside making it a pleasant place to relax and enjoy. The site has a variety of habitats, including wet and dry woodland, the river margin and fen areas. Willow, reed and rush were formerly grown and harvested in the wetter areas, and there was a corn mill at the eastern end. Birds include kingfishers, water
River Lee Country Park is a 1,000-acre park with a variety of activities for all ages to enjoy, great for families with young children to couples, walkers, cyclists, and wildlife watchers. The park follows the course of River Lee and has green spaces, country parks, nature reserves, and lakes and sports centers.
Therfield Heath is an area of Common Land and most of it is a Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is owned by the Therfield Regulation Trust, which is a registered charity. It is managed by the Conservators of Therfield Heath and Greens. The Heath is a common on which sheep are still regularly grazed. It has also been designated as a biological 'Site of Special Scientific Interest' and a 'Local Nature Reserve'.